BANGALORE : Rare paintings by Russian artist Svetoslav Roerich were displayed at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat (CKP) on the occasion of his 110th birth anniversary.
The 18 paintings are believed to have been painted between 1942 and early 1980s, said R H Kulkarni, Parishat principal.
“These are paintings that have not been displayed anywhere else. They were pulled out of a reserve collection to commemorate the 110th anniversary of Roerich and the 140th anniversary of his
father Nicholas Roerich,” Kulkarni said.
The Parishat is already planning next year’s celebrations and has conceptualised a booklet containing Roerich’s work.
“The booklet will be brought out next year and released during his 111th birth anniversary celebrations,” said Kulkarni.
Inaugurating the exhibition in the morning, District Minister Ramalinga Reddy said the Roerich estate would be developed on the lines of Lalbagh. But he did not divulge details.
Alexander M Kadakin, Ambassador of Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in India, appreciated former external affairs minister S M Krishna for his efforts in protecting the Roerich estate.